Militant attack ends revolution anniversary celebrations in Egypt's Sinai
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 00:40
Jan. 26 - Celebrations of the third anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising ended in violence in Sinai after an apparent militant attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Islamist militants were reported to have attacked a cordon of security forces surrounding an area where supporters of army chief General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi celebrated the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising on Saturday.
The militants were said to have fired a rocket propelled grenade towards a police vehicle. One police officer was injured, according to a Reuters witness.
Security forces and militants exchanged gunfire and dozens of people were seen fleeing the site of the celebrations.
Nine people were taken to hospital with minor injuries, mostly from shock.
Twenty-nine people were killed during anti-government marches in Cairo and elsewhere while thousands more rallied in support of Sisi.
Sinai-based Islamist militants have stepped up attacks against security forces since Sisi toppled Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July after mass protests against his rule.
Tensions have been smouldering anew since a wave of deadly bombings killed six people in Cairo on Friday. An al Qaeda-inspired group, based in the lawless Sinai Peninsula, claimed responsibility, according to the SITE monitoring organisation.
In an audio message posted on militant websites, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on Egyptian Muslims to focus on fighting what he called "an Americanised coup" staged by Sisi instead of battling the country's minority Christians.
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